In the first part of this course, a few traditional methodologies in numerical analysis of experimental data will be described, aimed at extracting physical parameters through optimization processes. This course will describe a few spectroscopic methods that are based on the use of time correlation of visible photons that allow to extract information on dynamical processes of molecules. Methods are either monitoring fluctuations around equilibrium or relaxation after a perturbation. For each experimental method, a specific laboratory practice is proposed that will also take advantage of the numerical analysis introduced in the first part of the course.
At the end of this course students will learn how to interpret the significance of experimental results emerging from the optical methods covered in the course and become capable of performing experiments using the methods covered with the laboratory practice.